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22 Thought Provoking Quotations About Friendship How to Make and Keep Friends

Updated on April 30, 2015
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I've lived in Arizona for 65 years (Tucson, Glendale, and Sedona). I love writing about Arizona history, antiques, collectibles, and travel.

Birthday Party Friends 1950s

Friends in the 1950s had birthday parties at home.
Friends in the 1950s had birthday parties at home. | Source

What qualities make a good friend?

Our need for others usually begins early in childhood and continues throughout our lives. As children it's so easy for most to approach others and begin playing. Our expectations for friendship are focused on the moment. When we grow to the tween and teen years, our expectations for friendships begin changing and we tend to choose friends in a common age group who look and act like ourselves, and most tweens and teens become more selective about friends. As adults, our standards for friendship become much more complicated. There are those friends we only see in a certain setting such as those in our exercise class or friends that we work with, or neighbors that we see only on occasion. While we may call them friends, and they are, we usually reserve our time and best efforts for those we call our best or close friends. While each person has their own measuring stick for what a "true" friend is, one of my favorite quotations is from German actress Marlene Dietrich: "It's the friends you can call at 4 a.m. that matter." Well said.

Friends Should Do Silly Things Together

Dressed in retro 1950s style.
Dressed in retro 1950s style. | Source

Witty and Wise Quotations on Friendship

"A Friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow." William Shakespeare Author

"Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary." Amos Bronson Alcott Teacher/Minister

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate." Linda Grayson

"Diminish your demands, especially on others." Leo C Rosten

"God has given us our families, but thank goodness, we can choose our friends." Unknown

"Hot tempers make cold friends." Old Proverb

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." J K Rowling British Author

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers." Charles W Eliot

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult works, but rather short words like, "What about lunch." Winnie-the-Pooh (A A Milne)

"Love people, not things. Use things not people." Spencer Kimball

"I've learned that people will forget what you said: people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you make them feel." Maya Angelou Author

"A real friend is one who walks in when others walk out." Walter Winchell Radio Personality

"Hold a friend in both hands." Nigerian Proverb

"Let love be genuine. abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection." Romans 12: 9-10

"Good Friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." Unknown

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." Aristotle Philosopher

"Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him." Scottish Proverb

"The more arguments you win, the less friends you will have." Unknown

"There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready cash." Old proverb

"You can go through life and make new friends every year--every month practically--but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. those are the ones in which we are bound to each other with hoops of steel." Alexander McCall Smith Author

"The bank of friendship requires many deposits." Unknown

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." Winnie-the-Pooh (A A Milne)

Friends for More than Forty Years

Lots of good memories of time spent with these friends.
Lots of good memories of time spent with these friends. | Source

Keep in Touch with Friends From High School

Rincon High School Reunion
Rincon High School Reunion | Source


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    • mactavers profile image

      mactavers 2 years ago

      These old proverbs seem to have remained true in every age.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like this quote: "There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready cash." Old proverb

    • mactavers profile image

      mactavers 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. We have visited your beautiful old city as part of a Holland America cruise. Loved it.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful hub! I enjoyed reading these quotes and learned lots from this hub.

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      mactavers 3 years ago

      Thanks for reading. All the quotes have a grain of wisdom, but I think my favorite is the one about a friend with chocolate.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      So happy for you on such a long lasting friendship. The Nigerian proverb is new to me, but I choose it as my favorite from the bunch. Thank you!